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BP Summer Screen in Trafalgar Square

On a balmy summer’s evening over 10,000 people settled down in Trafalgar Square to watch the Royal Opera’s  production of La Traviata, courtesy of BP Summer Big Screens.

Some perched on the sides of the fountains, some relaxed in front of the National Gallery , others just sprawled on picnic blankets in the square itself. There were even chairs for those who got there early enough!

The flawless performance went on until late evening, with live artists entertaining the crowd during the two intervals. The atmosphere was amazing –  the audience was a excited mix of visitors and Londoners all enjoying the spectacle.

We had just left the launch of Gay Icons  at the National Portrait Gallery  and were so pleased to have the chance to join in the fun on such a beautiful evening.


  1. Jess says:

    I was also at the launch of Gay Icons at the National Portrait Gallery, and I feel the need to spread the good word about this fabulous new exhibition.

    10 high-profile gay people (including Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Elton John) have selected people they have found inspiring, influential and indeed, iconic. They give personal reasons as to why each icon has been chosen, and each icon is pictured in a photographic portrait.

    Ther are 60 portraits altogether encompassing well-known figures such as Nelson Mandela and David Hockney, as well as lesser-known inviduals. (And don’t expect to see the obvious choices like Judy Garland and Kylie in the mix – the show is the personal choice of a small number of gay people). Many of the selected modern and historic icons are individuals who have shown great courage in their lives, which makes the exhibition at times quite moving.

    And go this Saturday (4th July) for an extra special experience to celebrate Pride London festival – here are the details:

    Pride Saturday Late, 4 July, 18.00 – 21.00

    £1 from every ticket sold on the evening will be donated to Pride

    Relax with jazz and a drink at the Rose d’Anjou bar

    Visit the Portrait Restaurant and enjoy Gay Icons cocktails and a special set menu

    Exhibition runs from 2 July – 18 October 2009

    Advance booking recommended at